Every year the hockey media gets all excited for the NHL trade deadline, spreading all sorts of rumors about all the big deals that are supposedly in the works. Then the trade deadline comes and goes and almost nothing interesting happens.
This year is different, though. Yesterday alone there were 20 trades, the day before that there were 10, and in the five days preceding that there were three. That adds up to a whopping 33 pre-deadline transactions, which included a number of guys who could rightly be described at superstars. And if you blinked, you missed it.
Of course, if you weren’t glued to your phone yesterday afternoon, you probably don’t care that the Blues traded Mark Mancari to the Panthers for Eric Selleck, or that the Oilers acquired the Ducks backup goalie, Viktor Fasth, for a couple of late-round draft picks. You just want to know what big names are wearing different sweaters, and what it all means.
That’s where we come in. Today we’re going to get you up to speed so you’re not thinking “WTF?” on Sunday when you see a different guy wearing the “C” for the New York Rangers.